Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday ACC Scoreboard - N.C. State Breaks Long Carolina Drought

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#18 N.C. STATE 91, NORTH CAROLINA 83 - As the chant goes in most Tar Heel homes “Duke is puke, Wake is fake, but the team we hate is N.C. State!”  Evidently the feeling is mutual. The Wolpack turned out a ravenous sea of red replete with their “Go To Hell Carolina” tee shirts to see if the boys from Raleigh could break the drought against Ol’ Roy & Co.

They did.

Lorenzo Brown had 20 points and 11 assists to help No. 18 North Carolina State beat North Carolina  on Saturday night, ending a 13-game losing streak in the long rivalry.

Freshman T.J. Warren added 19 points for the Wolfpack (16-4, 5-2 ACC), who beat the Tar Heels for the first time in nearly six years. N.C. State dominated much of the night, leading by 23 points before the break and 28 after halftime before the Tar Heels put together a second-half push that made things interesting the final minutes.

P.J. Hairston scored 19 points to lead the Tar Heels (13-6, 3-3), including four second-half three-pointers that helped UNC slowly climb back into the game.

North Carolina cut the deficit all the way to 85-80 with 30.7 seconds left, but the Wolfpack hit six straight free throws to avoid what would've been a crushing late-game collapse.

It is the first time N.C. State has defeated both Duke and UNC in the same season since 2003.


#1 DUKE 84, MARYLAND 64 – Duke is used to being on the right side of a blowout - not the losing end - and thanks to Rasheed Sulaimon, the Blue Devils got back to that familiar role.
The freshman scored a season-high 25 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from one of its worst losses under Mike Krzyzewski by routing Maryland 84-64 on Saturday.

"This was just a game to show basically what our character was like," Sulaimon said. "Are we going to fold after a big loss, or are we going to step up and be men?"

Mason Plumlee added 19 points and Seth Curry had 13 for the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).



VIRGINIA 65, BOSTON COLLEGE 51 - Justin Anderson and Akil Mitchell scored 16 points each and Virginia took command with a 16-3 run in the second half and beat Boston College 65-51 on Saturday, the Cavaliers' third straight victory.

With scoring leader Joe Harris managing just seven points for Virginia (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), the freshman Anderson and Mitchell carried the scoring load. Anderson made 7 of 9 shots and Mitchell was 6-for-10 and grabbed six rebounds.

The Cavaliers, who rank second nationally in scoring defense (51.1 points per game), allowed five 3-pointers in the first half but just two more afterward in sending the Eagles (9-10, 1-5) to their fourth consecutive loss. Ryan Anderson led Boston College with 14 points and Joe Rahon added 10.

The Eagles became the 16th opponent held under 60 points by Virginia this season, including all six of their ACC foes.


MFON UDOFIA (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

GEORGIA TECH 82, WAKE FOREST 62 - Robert Carter Jr. scored a career-high 20 points, including seven in Georgia Tech's 16-0 run to open the game, and the Yellow Jackets beat Wake Forest on Saturday for their first Atlantic Coast Conference win.

Carter, a 6-foot-8 freshman, made nine of 10 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers.
Georgia Tech (11-7, 1-5) was never threatened as it became the last ACC team to win its first conference game. It kept its leads in double figures for the final 38 minutes.

The Yellow Jackets made four of six 3-pointers in the 16-0 run and pushed the lead to 30 points at 37-7 on a 3-pointer by another freshman, Marcus Georges-Hunt.

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